Cinco de Mayo is this Tuesday, and it happens to fall on my birthday, so margaritas are definitely in order! I’ve been on a margarita kick
lately. Ever since the weather has started getting warmer (and I’m still stuck in quarantine), I have been craving ice cold drinks – and
tequila! Go figure.
This year I wanted to make a fruity margarita with some spice, so I created a delicious Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Margarita
. Grilled, you ask? Yes! Grilling pineapple adds a subtle chared flavor and brings out the sweetness of the pineapple. When you grill jalapeños, the heat of the pepper actually relaxes a little bit – just like my mood when I sip one of these margaritas.
The process of making this delicious Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Margarita is actually quite easy. Of course, if you already have the grill up and running, then simply use the open flame to grill your pineapple and peppers. Or you can use a grill pan over high heat on the stove to achieve similar style grill marks. I like grilling the pineapple as sliced wheels, since it makes fruit less likely to slip through the grill and into the ashy soot.
Once your pineapples wheels and peppers have been grilled on both sides, remove them to cool. Muddle one pineapple wheel and two jalapeño wheels in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, pineapple, orange and lime juice, along with some agave and ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice. How delicious does that sound?
If you’re looking for a fantastic margarita to shake up for Cinco de Mayo, then I highly recommend you make this Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Margarita. This refreshing beverage is both a little spicy and sweet. Turn on the “vacation” music, pull out the tequila, pineapple and jalapeños and create an island escape right at home. Cheers.
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Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Margarita
(makes 1 drink)
grilled pineapple wheel
grilled jalapeño wheels (2, seeds removed)
1 3/4 oz blanco tequila
1 3/4 oz pineapple juice
1 1/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice (or juice from one small cutie orange)
1/2 oz agave syrup
Muddle one grilled pineapple disc and jalepeno wheels in a cocktail shaker. Layer in tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice, agave syrup and ice. Add top and shake well until well combine and tin is frosty. Remove top and strain contents into a glass of fresh ice. Garnish. Enjoy!